KC Royals: Whit Merrifield is most indispensable player

KC Royals, Whit Merrifield (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
KC Royals, Whit Merrifield (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

The KC Royals have a special players on their roster who seems to be able to do anything. According to a recent article, he is indispensable.

As the seasons draws near, fans are starting to get acquainted once again with the KC Royals. With different roster rules, and some players having to sit out for a few weeks, either for injury or positive COVID tests, there are plenty of spots open for newer, maybe lesser known players to get a chance.

Luckily for the Royals, many of the main players will be back in action once the season kicks off. Slugger Jorge Soler will look to show that last year was no fluke, Salvador Perez will likely be itching to get back into regular games, Alex Gordon is back for another chance at a Gold Glove in left, along with many others well known to fans.

One player that may be in the front of fans minds is Whit Merrifield. While Whit hasn’t been around as long as players like Perez and Gordon, he has quickly become one of the veterans of the organization, and one of the best players on the team.

In a recent article from MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince listed the most indispensable players for each team. To no surprise, Merrifield was the pick for the Royals.

In stating the reason for the pick, Merrifield’s ability to play all over the field was taken into account, along with his drive and his ability at the plate. Merrifield has batted over .300 in 2 of his 4 major league seasons, led the majors in hits in back to back years (2018 and 2019) and led the American league in steals in back to back years (2017 and 2018).

Merrifield is a member of the KC Royals that will be and important key for years to come. While there is always a chance that he could be traded, the Royals seem to have placed a high price tag on him, which could speak to their desire to keep him around.

A haul for Merrifield would be great, but what he can bring to the new crop of Royals prospects may be even better. The team has plenty of players getting ready to push their way to Kansas City. Players like Bobby Witt Jr., Khalil Lee, and others could take lessons from Merrifield on how to continue pushing forward in all aspects of the game, but more importantly may be new draft pick Nick Loftin.

Loftin is a short stop, but has the ability to play all over the field and also has a decent bat. Sounds like another player the Royals have. While there may be a few years before he is ready, working with someone like Merrifield could provide him the needed to instruction to reach the majors and stick in a utility role.

No matter how Merrifield’s future looks, the fact remains that he is indispensable. The Royals will see a massive hole in the lineup without their .300 hitter and player that can play almost any position.

While there is no telling what 2020 will bring, it’s likely fans can expect to see plenty of great plays that prove why Merrifield is so important in Kansas City.

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Whit Merrifield was listed as the team’s most indispensable player, and there is no doubt that the selection was correct. Get ready, as the team will soon be back in action, and Merrifield will get his bat going again.